Rebels don't impress Oosthuizen much

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:30

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharks lock Etienne Oosthuizen was not surprised by the Melbourne Rebels' 19-17 win against the Brumbies last weekend.

The Sharks, who enjoyed a bye last weekend, take on the travelling Rebels at Kings Park on Saturday.

The Rebels are currently sitting at the bottom of the combined Super Rugby standings, but they did manage to cause a minor upset when they edged the Brumbies to secure their first win of the season.

However, Oosthuizen was not too impressed by the result.

"The Rebels and the Brumbies always have a tough game because I know the Brumbies always struggle against the Rebels, so it is nothing new," Oosthuizen told reporters in Durban.

Oosthuizen said he and his teammates know what to expect from the Australian side.

"They are a typical Australian side that loves to throw the ball around and that is our challenge for the week - to stop them from getting momentum and playing our game plan," he added.

The 24-year-old lock has been the Sharks' enforcer in the physical exchanges this season and he was recently called-up to be a part of Allister Coetzee's Springbok training squad two weeks ago in Stellenbosch.   

"It is always nice to get a lot of game time and develop your own game. I think I have been getting better each season and with every game, so I am really enjoying the game time and I just want to do the best for the team.

Oosthuizen added: "I did not expect that [Springbok call-up], but at the end the day it always warms your heart."


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Fri, 25 May 2018
Crusaders v Hurricanes 07h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sunwolves 09h45 Melbourne
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
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Chiefs v Waratahs 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Highlanders 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
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Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 14h00 London
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Waratahs 11 6 1 4 31
Rebels 11 5 0 6 25
Reds 11 4 0 7 18
Brumbies 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 0 9 10
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Hurricanes 11 10 0 1 45
Highlanders 11 7 0 4 32
Chiefs 11 7 0 4 32
Blues 12 3 0 9 17
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Lions 13 7 0 6 36
Jaguares 12 7 0 5 29
Sharks 12 5 1 6 28
Bulls 12 5 0 7 24
Stormers 13 5 0 8 23